Cultural Resources

Contacting Cultural Resources Section

NDDOT cultural resource specialists help the agency comply with state and federal cultural resource laws that apply to:

Archaeological sites
Historic structures
Culturally important areas

To assess potential impacts, cultural resource specialists perform archaeological services, inventories, mitigation, and monitoring of historical sites, and monitoring of construction projects to ensure compliance. The Section also provides tribal consultation, agency coordination, and completes the necessary project permitting associated with federal and state requirements.

Archeological Excavation

Contact Staff

Phone: (701) 328-4539 or (701) 328-4378
Email: Cultural Resources Section

Cultural Resources Issues in the Design Manual: Chapter II

Design Manual Chapter II: Environmental, Cultural Resources, and Public Involvement
Cultural Resources section is on pages 121 - 143.

Section 106 Review and Compliance

Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act requires that federal agencies take into account the effects of their activities on historic properties. Historic properties include sites, districts, objects, or structures that are eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

A NDDOT project requires a section 106 review if it has:

Federal funding,
Requires a federal permit or
Takes place on federal or Indian/tribal land.

WSDOT, or the lead federal agency, must consult with Native American tribes, the State Historic Preservation Officer (DAHP), the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), and the public if there will be unavoidable impacts to historic resources.

Programmatic Agreement for Tribal Consultation

This document is the result of discussions during consultation between the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Tribes identified within agreement.

Current Programmatic Agreement for Tribal Consultation pdf file
Original Programmatic Agreement for Tribal Consultation pdf file

Solicitation of Views (SOV) Letter to State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

If 106 is completed in Milestone and you have a letter from SHPO concurring in a determination for the project, no formal SOV of SHPO is necessary unless the project has changed in a way that may affect that determination.

If you find cultural resources during a NDDOT project

For projects where we believe the potential for discoveries is likely, the Cultural Resource Section (CRS) puts a Discovery Plan in-place prior to construction. If you have a Discovery situation and a Discovery Plan is in-place, follow the procedures outlined in the plan. If you are unsure what to do, the following would always be appropriate:

If you have a discovery situation:
STOP - Protect the discovery and contact Cultural Resources Section at phone number or email address above.
If you discover a burial:
STOP - Protect the burial and contact Cultural Resources Section at phone number or email address above.
NOTE: The ND State burial law has strict time and reporting requirements. It is imperative that your notification to the NDDOT CRS be prompt and that the burial is well protected.

Avoidance of Cultural Resource Sites (CRS)

CHECK THE PCR FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS! CHECK TO SEE IF THESE ARE PART OF THE PLANS! If there are unevaluated or eligible sites on your project the PCR may document the need to fence these resources during construction to ensure avoidance. Check with Cultural Resources Section to clarify
Material source avoidance measures shall be strictly enforced
Fencing of sites to ensure avoidance during construction/extraction activities


Steel fence posts
Snow fence (unless otherwise documented through CRS contact)
On Projects Districts should coordinate fencing with CRS
On Material Sources Contractor and/or District should coordinate fencing with CRS
CRS must be present during fencing activities
Fencing will not be removed until all construction/extraction activities have been completed.